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Q: How did the knowledge of great weapons like Bramhastra got lost in Hinduism tradition? Knowledge of great weapons like Brahmastra didn't get lost, they are still existing. Simple proof is that Parashurama has the knowledge of Brahmasatra and he is a chiranjeevi[1],[2] i.e, he is alive now. Narada said, 'That tiger of Bhrigu's race (viz., Rama), was ...


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There is no root deity of Jambavan. Every Vanara was created by some deity taking inspiration from Jambavan himself. Jambavan was created suddenly from Brahma's yawn. From Valmiki Ramayana Bala Kanda Sarga 17 (Translated by Desiraju Hanumanta Rao & K. M. K. Murthy) pūrvameva mayā sṛṣṭo jāṃbavānṛkṣapuṅgavaḥ | jṛṃbhamāṇasya sahasā mama vakrādajāyata |...


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The story of Airavan and Mahiravan abducting Rama and Lakshmana is found in Ananda Ramayana. They are two different persons. I have written answer to Who were Ahiravan and Mahiravan? . The source of legend of Airavan and Mahiravan is Ananda Ramayana. It is part of story of Rama which is spread in vast expanse (Charitam Raghunatasya Shatakoti Pravistaram). ...


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As said in another answer, this episode does not occur in Sri Valmiki Ramayana but in Sri Ramacharitmanas of Gosvami Tulasidas. Following is the original text with hindi translations from Gita-press gorakhpur's edition (english translations are mine) from LankA-KAnda which contains this episode: 6.34 जौं मम चरन सकसि सठ टारी । फिरहिं रामु सीता मैं हारी ।। [...


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Sita and Rama waiting for kids for a long time can be reasoned in four ways. It's completely their wish. Having kids and when to have kids is upto the wish of the couple. Both sita and Rama know their dharma. Rama is hailed as embodiment of Dharma in Valmiki Ramayana. Moreover, there is no evidence of a person or a situation that forces them to have kids ...


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False. The antim samskara (funeral rites) of Ravana's body was performed by Vibishana. After the death of Ravana in war with Rama. Rama asks Vibishana to perform funeral rites to Ravana's body In the meanwhile, Rama spoke to Vibhishana as follows: "Let the obsequies of your brother be performed and let these crews of women be consoled." [93, ...


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Angada's challenging all of the warriors in Ravana's palace to lift his feet from ground, is not from Valmiki Ramayana. The following is what transpired in that episode, after delivering of Sri Rama's message by Angada: ततः स रोष ताम्र अक्षह् शशास सचिवांस् तदा | गृह्यताम् एष दुर्मेधा वध्यताम् इति च असकृत् || ६-४१-८४ Then, the enraged Ravana ...


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Yes, as per commentary on Brahma-Sutra 3.3.32: Rishi Apantaratama was born again as Vyasa. Sanatkumara was born as Skanda. So also other Rishis like Vasishtha and Narada were born again. Now these Rishis had attained the knowledge of Brahman, and yet they had to be reborn. If that is so, what is the utility of such knowledge of Brahman?—says the opponent. ...


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Yes, not the name of all Rishis are available but following is the list of Rishis described in Valmiki Ramayana (quoting text from valmiki.iitk.ac.in and valmikiramayan.net): Bhāradvāja​ Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana met Rishi Bhāradvāja​ first of all after leaving Ayodhya. Bhāradvāja​ instructed them to stay at Citrakūṭa​ (Valmiki 2.54.29). ...


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Yes Rama had killed Shambhuka because he was performing ascetic penance to become God in the same human body of his and was desirous of attaining celestial powers which could have been risk for Gods. It is mentioned in Uttara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. From Valmiki Ramayana, Uttara Kanda, Chapter 75-76, When Rama asked him why he is performing such ascetic ...


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As per Valmiki Ramayana, Sita Devi had no brothers. This was specified at time of Kaushilya admonishing Kaikeyi post Dasaratha's death. वृद्धः चैव अल्प पुत्रः च वैदेहीम् अनिचिन्तयन् | सो अपि शोक समाविष्टः ननु त्यक्ष्यति जीवितम् || २-६६-११ Janaka too who is aged, and who is not having sons, will be thinking of Sita, over whelmed with grief and will ...


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There is no basis for this story in Valmiki Ramayana. Proof is provided in Ayodhya Kanda Ch 56. Verse 1 अथ रात्र्याम् व्यतीतायाम् अवसुप्तम् अनन्तरम् | प्रबोधयाम् आस शनैः लक्ष्मणम् रघु नन्दनः || २-५६-१ Then, Rama gently woke up Lakshmana, who was sleeping without break, even when the night was passing away. Verse 3 स सुप्तः समये भ्रात्रा ...


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Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa isn't the only other text where the Śunaḥśepa story is narrated or differs from the main version narrated in the Aitareya Brāhmaṇa. The Legend of Śunaḥśepa from H L Hariyappa's Ṛgvedic Legends Through the Ages, on page 219, summarizes the major differences in the story found in these various texts: Ṛgveda (RV) Aitareya Brāhmaṇa (AB) ...


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Vedas and Kavyas are entirely different. Vedas are called Apaurusheya which means authorless. They were heard. Ramayana is a kavya written by man - Valmiki. Valmiki written the story of Rama using different words, analogies, embellishments, comparisons. Hence he is called Adi Kavi. Rigveda consists of mantras. Verses in Vedas are called mantras. These are ...


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Sugriva had no offspring. This can be understood from the words of Sri Hanuman. Sugriva sends 1 troop of vanaras for searching Sita in Southern side under the leadership of Angada, son of Vali. He put a general condition that the vanara troops should come back within a month, otherwise they face death punishment. The vanaras under the leadership of ...


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He said brahm(ब्रह्म) and not brahmA(ब्रह्मा). There is a difference. Lord Vishnu is considered as brahm; so it is perfectly fine to refer him as. As per the definition of brahm: Brahm or Brahman is "the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world", which "cannot be exactly defined". It has been described in Sanskrit as Sat-cit-ānanda[1] and as the ...


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It would appear so. There are other references of vedas in Ramayana. kushiilavau tu dharmaGYau raajaputrau yashasvinau | bhraatarau svarasampannau dadarsha aashramavaasinau || sa tu medhaavinau dR^ishhTvaa vedeShu pariniShThitau | vedopabR^ihmaNaarthaaya taavagraahayata prabhuh || kaavyaM raamaayaNaM kR^itsnaM siitaayaashcharitaM mahat.h| ...


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There is no evidence of an encounter with Dasharatha The claim of Dasharatha defeating Ravana comes from this fictional book: History of the Earth This is what Dasharatha tells people about Ravana in the actual ramayana : Thus when he is said so by that sage Vishvamitra, then the king Dasharatha spoke to the sage, "I myself am not capable of standing ...


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It was Sri Hanuman, who never used any celestial weapons. During the encounter with Lankhini or war with demons, who attacked at the orders of Ravana or single combat with Indrajit or in the war with Ravana in final war, Sri Hanuman fought either with fist or available steel rods or mountains or trees, etc, but not with celestial weapons.


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In 2018 Supporting the theory, scientists did find specimens of four tusked elephants from the intact skeleton from France. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/12/french-farmer-kept-quiet-finding-skull-first-ever-four-tusked/ “It is a fantastic discovery. A complete skull with the mandibula is very rare. And for this species, it is the only one in the ...


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Kumbhakarna was cursed by Lord Brahma. This story is told by Vibhisana to Lord Rama in this chapter of Yuddha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. In summary what happens is: Kumbhakarna soon after his birth begins to eat thousands of living creatures. Lord Indra was reported about this matter and he goes to punish Kumbhakarna. Kumbhakarna plucks tusk of Airavata and ...


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According to Padma Purana, after the departure of Sita in the Earth, Sri Rama ruled the Kingdom for 11,000 years. After Sita’s disappearance, Shri Rama ruled for eleven thousand years. So if we add up the number years he spent on Earth, before the departure of Sita, we will get his life span. By the time he reached Chitrakuta, at the commencement of 14 ...


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According to the minor Sannyasa Upanishdas, there are different types of ascetics, whose sole purpose is to seek for liberation viz- Kuticaka, Bahudaka, Hamsa, Paramhamsa, Turiyatata and Avadhuta. Of these the first type (Kuticaka) is at the lowest stage of realisation and Avadhuta and Turiyatita at the highest stage. Of these,ONLY the last two are ...


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Indeed Valmiki Ramayana does not mention the name of the bow that was broken by Sri Rama. But it did mention that the same bow was used to destroy Tripura. From Valmiki Ramayana, Bala Kanda Oh, best one among men, out of the two longbows gods gave one to restive Trymbaka, God Shiva for a combat with demon Tripura, and oh, Kakutstha, that bow alone is ...


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I am reproducing the question part: Dasharatha killed a brahmin (unintentionally) and didn't leave his kingdom for forest. Pandu killed brahmin and left kingdom. Rama killed Ravana, a brahmin, and didn't do anything as parihara. What are the parihara for sins of brahmin killing? Let me answer point-wise: Dasaratha never killed any ...


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Hanuman killed Nikumbha Then, while the roaring Nikumbha was killed in battle by Hanuma, there ensued an exceedingly terrific struggle between the enraged Rama and Makaraksha, son of Khara a ruler of demons. http://valmikiramayan.net/utf8/yuddha/sarga77/yuddha_77_frame.htm Sugreeva Killed Virupaksha(son of ravan) Beholding that mighty Virupaksha ...


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Yes, besides Uttar Kanda sargas 73-76 of Valmiki Ramayana, Puranas also mention this incident of Killing of a shudra ascetic called Shambuka by Shree Rama. For instance in Padma Purana- Shristi Kanda- Section 1 - Chapter 35 - The Killing of Sudra Ascetic we find mention of this story. Brief of the story - : After killing of Ravana, once when Shree ...


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@Keshav Srinivasan Alambush was an asur/demon brother of Bakasur. Bakasur, as we all know, was killed by Bheem. So to avenge his brother's death Almabush joined the Kauravas side. He even killed Arjun'son Iravan after a fierce mayavi/magical battle. He was later killed by Ghatotkach, Bheem's son. His other brothers were Putna and Aghasur.Rishyasringa was a ...


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